In the 20 months that I have been on the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District board, the executive director working with the North Whidbey Aquatic Club swim team parents never brought to the board even one proposal that would actually decrease the NWAC swim team’s annual deficit.
The deficit funded from the M&O levy continues to be $30,000 to $40,000 per year. All proposals brought to the board were just accounting maneuvers. One proposal was to have the NWAC annual coaching costs paid 75 percent from the M&O levy, implying that using this method the NWAC swim team contributed $5,000 above their cost last year.
Seventy-five percent of the NWAC swim coach’s $60,000 cost last year is $45,000. The NWAC swim team still drained $40,000 from the M&O levy last year.
Another proposal made was to move money the high school has been paying to use the pool, putting that money toward the NWAC coach’s salary to decrease the apparent cost of the NWAC swim team from the M&O levy.
These proposals bring no new income to decrease the NWAC drain on the M&O levy. They are just accounting maneuvers.
Richard Fort, commissioner